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Speakers

 

Keynote Speaker Mark WoodmanMark Woodman

Mark Woodman CMG, a dynamic designer, writer and speaker, has contributed to the pages of magazines and books, the airwaves of TV and radio, and the stages of exhibitions around the globe. Mr. Woodman’s design work has ranged from private residences and office interiors to hand selecting the color palettes for entire communities. The world of color has brought him to Global Color Research, a London–based international trend and design group for product specifications, where he serves on the global trend panel, hosts the North American panel and contributes to their publications, MIX trends and MIX magazine. To further round his affiliation with the world of color, he serves as President of the Color Marketing Group, joining in the energy and research of the international meetings.

A spirited and accomplished international speaker, Mr. Woodman frequently lectures on color and design for prominent organizations such as ASID, IFDA, IDC, CMG, NKBA, 100% Design London, Heimtex Frankfurt, Surfaces, NeoCon, Decorex London and Australian Exhibitions, PTY. Recently, his presentations have expanded to include PrintSource in New York and the Dupont Corian Design Studios in both Philadelphia and New York. He is also a member of Color and Luxury and Lifestyle Professionals.

“Every corner we turn offers influences for design and color,” says Mr. Woodman, “from the colors in a garden to the rust on an old ship, inspiration abounds! Join me on the journey.”


Jim BlasingameJim Blasingame

Jim Blasingame is the president of Small Business Network, Inc., a media company dedicated to serving small business. He is one of the world’s foremost thought-leaders on small business and entrepreneurship, and he is the creator and award-winning host of The Small Business Advocate® Show, the world’s only weekday radio/Internet talk show dedicated to small business. His syndicated columns have appeared in newspapers, business journals, and a number of online publications and websites, including Forbes.com, American Express OPEN Forum, NASDAQ.com, ConstantContact.com, and Manta.com, plus his own e-zine, The Small Business Advocate Newsletter. He is the author of two books, Small Business Is Like a Bunch of Bananas and Three Minutes to Success, which have sold a combined 90,000 copies. Jim is currently working on the book The Age of the Customer.


Laura PoseyLaura Posey

Laura Posey is the Chief Instigator of Dancing Elephants Achievement Group. She is a noted expert in sales and sales management, with more than 25 years of experience working with salespeople and companies to transform sales results. Her passion is helping entrepreneurs create selling systems that generate ever-increasing cash flow with less and less work by the owner.

Laura is the author of Six Secrets of Sales Magnets as well as a featured expert who has been published in dozens of publications and e-zines. She is a sought-after speaker throughout North America and Europe. Her consulting practice and products have generated millions of dollars in extra income for her clients.


Rafael MaelRafael Mael

Rafael Mael is the marketing strategist for Brand Launcher, an unconventional marketing firm for small businesses. With “in the trenches” experience across numerous industries, Rafael knows what works and what doesn’t. His approach is refreshingly practical, with a focus on real-world action strategies that audiences really respond to. Rafael is a dynamic and exciting speaker who has been called “magnetic” for his engaging presentation style. His seminars are filled with eye-opening techniques and cutting-edge strategies that attendees can actually implement in their own businesses.


Boon SheridanBoon Sheridan

Boon Sheridan loves solving problems—taking things apart and putting them back together better than they were before. He has spent fifteen-plus years in, on, and around the web and the companies who use it. He believes solutions never belong to just one person or discipline. He has died a hundred deaths as a voice-over actor for Japanese animation, and he would love to swap stories with you over on Twitter (@boonerang), online (boonsheridan.com), or face-to-face over a pint.


Joe GrushkinJoe Grushkin

After a tremendously successful career at Vector/Cutco, in 2007, Joe found himself pulled into the necessary role of business coach for a number of local businesses. Word of mouth spread as clients found Joe’s coaching and leadership was a tremendous asset, increasing sales, lowering expenses and developing business owners’ mindsets to take their businesses to a new level. As a business coach, Joe has developed a “virtual” sales management program for sales organizations that are looking to reduce their sales overhead while increasing sales volume with this creative and innovative approach to sales management.

Joe lives in Westport Connecticut, with his wife Pam—a knitter, designer and teacher—three teenaged daughters (Aly, Genna & Leigha), and 2 dogs.


Lana DeCosimo

Lana DeCosimo founded Display Attic in 1996 in Toronto. News spread quickly of her fashion-forward window displays, and within a year, she entered the world of upscale shopping centers, designing award-winning displays. The firm has partnered with the most talented design conceptualists in window display, fashion display and event/set design. Twenty years later, Display Attic has mastered the art of skillfully assisting clients in developing projects from concept to completion, and Lana speaks on how business owners can do the same themselves. Whether you are an established retailer or a new business, Lana's guidelines remain the same, "Entrepreneurial spirit + thinking outside the box + humor = success." You have 2.5 seconds to spark the interest of a passerby to enter your store. Lana will teach you how to get them through your door.